Obituaries February 2, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Correction:
The location for visitation for Sallie Evelyn Brock, whose obituary was in Wednesday’s Daily Journal, has been changed. Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at Cedar Mound Church on Hwy. 2 E. near the Alcorn County Line. A graveside service will follow at 1 p.m. at the Shiloh Cemetery on Hwy. 2 E.

Charles Keeton
MANTACHIE – Charles Keeton, 76, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Sept. 16, 1935, in McCool to Bill and Leila Manus Keeton. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, serving two tours. He worked as a farm manager for many years. He enjoyed long drives, Ford trucks, John Deere tractors, mowing the lawn and telling stories. He loved his family and his faithful companions, his rat terrier, Lil’ Bit, and his chihuahua, Phil, whom he affectionately called “The Boys.”
Services will be 1 p.m. today at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Allen Robison and Rev. William Milam officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Billie Jean Keeton of Mantachie; two daughters, Anita Carver of Jackson and Shelia Kolle (Scott) of Starkville; three sons, Charles “Bubba” Keeton Jr. of Carrollton, Kenny Davenport (Sue) of Amory and James Davenport (Sonia) of Guntown; four sisters, Ruth Meece (Russell) of Eupora, Peggy Sheffield (Ed Wayne) of Indianola, Mary Rutledge (Joe) of Philadelphia and Alice Sullivan (Colon) of Independence; one brother, Bill Keeton Jr.(Linda) of Tulsa, Okla.; his aunt, Virgie Wood; six grandchildren, Darby Scott Kolle, Alicia Davenport, Adam Davenport, Lauren Davenport, Monica Davenport and Blake Davenport; one great-grandchild, Hollie Grace Petty; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Hattie Keeton, Nancy Morgan and Della Simpson; and two brothers, Alford Keeton and Jimmy Keeton.
Pallbearers will be Willard Vance, Chase Jefcoat, Nicky Rutledge, Danny Denson, Larry Williams, Jeremy Bass, Michael Benjamin and Glen Jefcoat.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today.
Memorials may be made to the Red Cross or United Way Tornado Relief Funds.

Jimmy Swindle
CORINTH – JImmy W. Swindle, 74, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Grand Junction Cemetery in Grand Junction, Tenn.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
Elder Arthur Lewis Jr.
AMORY – Elder Arthur Lewis Jr., 63, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. He was born Oct. 29, 1948, in Forest Home, Ala., to Lillie Mae Boggan and Arthur Lewis Sr. He moved with his family to Pensacola, Fla., where he grew. He received a high school diploma from Wedgewood in 1967 and earned an associate degree from Jackson County Junior College. He received a BSW degree from Jackson State University and a master’s degree in theology from Emory University’s Chandler School of Theology.
Fondly known as “Soul Preacher,” he was ordained a deacon in 1971 and an elder in 1973 in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church by Bishop Joseph A. Johnson Jr. He was given an appointment by C.P. Minnick. In 1985 he was ordained deacon by Bishop Robert Morgan. He was ordained elder by Bishop Marshall L. Meadors Jr. He served Valena C. Jones Memorial United Methodist Church in Bay St. Louis, St. Rock United Methodist in Waveland and Holmes Chapel in Pearlington. In central Mississippi, he served the Forest Charge, which includes four churches, Lynch Chapel United Methodist Church, Sherman Hill, Green Grove and Mars Hill United Methodist Church. In Biloxi, he served St. Paul United Methodist Church. He was presently serving St. James United Methodist Church in Amory.
His travels included 48 of the 50 states and UMVIM medical mission trips to Jamaica. He traveled there 17 times for other reasons. He also traveled to Frankfurt, Germany, Turkey, Switzerland, Sweden, Mexico, the Bahamas, Helsinki, Finland, Eastonia, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Russia, Moscow, and the Holy Land in Israel. He did V.I. mission work in Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Mississippi in the past few years. He was a pastor, builder, fundraiser, counselor, teacher, camper, carpenter, father and husband. He was active with the Natural Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Annual conference, camping and retreat of the Mississippi Conference, building and location for Seashore district, Habitat Ministry in Harrison County, finance and audit for the Seashore District, Biloxi Ministerial Association, Gulf Coast Ministerial Association, Seashore Assembly Board, Seashore Mission Board, new church development, Biloxi Lions Club, volunteer for professional home health and chairperson for Biloxi Tricentinneal Committee.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at St. James United Methodist Church in Amory. A Celebration of Life Service will follow from 7 to 9 p.m. with pastors from the surrounding area speaking.
Services will continue at 1 p.m. Saturday at the St. Paul United Methodist Church in Biloxi with the Rev. Peter Boggan officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time at 1 p.m. Burial will follow in Crestland Cemetery in Ocean Springs. Darden & Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Rena Lewis; one daughter, Latasha Lewis-Delgado of Canton; two sons, Arthur Lewis III (Shanna) of Gulfport and Michael Lewis (Cicely) of Spellville, Ga.; seven grand children; four sisters and four brothers.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Willie Ira Lewis.

Annie Stutts
CORINTH – Annie Estellie Stutts, 53, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Friday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

William Gunn
RIPLEY – William Monroe Gunn, 58, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Central Grove Church in Kossuth. Burial will be in Gunn Cemetery at Walnut. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
John Fields
OKOLONA – John Edward Fields, 48, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a native of Okolona and the son of the late Edward and Artince Fields. He was a self-employed carpente and a member of Mt. Union M.B. Church in Okolona. He loved hunting, fishing, gardening, farming, cooking and eating.
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Black Oak M.B. Church in Okolona. The Rev. Lamar Banks will officiate. Burial will be in Okolona Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his companion, Veronica Townsend of Okolona; one daughter, Dorothy Hill of Okolona; one son, John Hill of Denver, Colo.; three stepdaughters, Demetria Hardges of Jackson, Danielle Hardges and Quinitillion Hardges, both of Okolona; three sisters, Barbara Gunn and Brenda Lawson, both of Okolona, and Anita James of Nettleton; three brothers, James Fields of Preston, Kell Dobbs of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Fredrick Fields of Okolona and six grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5:30 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.

Jennifer Knox
HOUSTON- Jennifer Rose Brooks Knox, 23, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. She was born March 16, 1988, in Tupelo to Ricky W. Brooks and Opal Gail Tunnell Brooks. She was a member of Pearson Chapel Church of the Nazerene.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with Bro. Scott Samuell officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Perry “P.J.” Knox Jr. of Houston; her daughter, Topanga Knox of Houston; her son, Winston Knox of Houston; her mother, Gail Tunnell Brooks of Houston; four sisters, Amanda Brooks and Tiffany “T.J.” Brooks of Houston, Kayla Brooks of New Albany and Mitzi Pickens of Pontotoc; her mother-in-law, Rhonda Hamblin of Houston; her mother- and father in law, Lolette Knox and Perry Knox Sr. of Houston; sister-in-law, Kristen “Krissy” Knox of Houston; her grandmothers, Opal Tunnell, Emma Hamblin and Nell Knox, all of Houston; her grandfather, Ray Hamblin of Houston; and five nephews and two nieces.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ricky W. Brooks; her grandfathers, Clyde Tunnell, Richard Brooks and Winston Knox; and her grandmother, Gladys Brooks Morgan.
Pallbearers will be the 223rd Engineer Battalion, Mississippi Army National Guard.
Honorary pallbearers will be her nieces and nephews.
For online condolences visit, www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.

Christine Stanford
AMORY – Mary Christine “Chris” Burke Stanford, 81, died on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at Oak Tree Plantation. Born on Sept. 24, 1930, in Boston, Mass., she was a daughter of the late Frank William and Williamina Grant Saunders. After receiving her LPN degree, she went to work in San Diego. She married Archie Stanford Jr. on Oct. 8, 1950. She worked at Gilmore Memorial Hospital for several years. When they moved back to Amory from Bangkok, she helped her husband in the plumbing business. A woman of faith, she was a member of St. Helen’s Catholic Church. She was passionate about supporting her church and caring for others as a nurse. A certified scuba diving instructor, she enjoyed talking, classical music, traveling with her husband overseas while he was in the U.S. Air Force and the beaches in Florida.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Helen’s Catholic Church with Father Peterson and Sister Lael Niblick serving as officiants. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.
She is survived by a son, Ricky Stanford of Amory; grandson and his family, Cameron Stanford of Tupelo; sister, Joanie Tripple of Lowell, Mass.; sisters-in-law, Diane Sindle of Biloxi, Nancy Stockton of Amory and Martha Stegall (Lionel) of Smithville; brothers-in-law, Victor “Sonny” Stanford (Linda) of Amory, Charles Wayne Stanford of Florida and Bobby Stanford (Lola) of Amory; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Stanford; sister, Marcel Gosselin; brother, James G. Tripple; and brother-in-law, Jack Stanford.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are given to St. Helen’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 97, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Dennis Jefferies
WATERFORD – Dennis Jefferies, 54, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
David Rounsaville
BIG CREEK – Charles David Rounsaville, 36, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at his home. He was born Jan. 7, 1976. He was an employee of Dunham Inc. in Grenada and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. He served in the Army National Guard.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Shiloh Baptist Church with Dr. John Hearn officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Nebo Cemetery at Big Creek. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Jennifer Patton Rounsaville of Big Creek; his daughter, Sydney Leigh Rounsaville of Big Creek; his son, Jacob Everette Rounsaville of Big Creek; his parents, Billy Rounsaville and Sarah Burns Rounsaville of Big Creek; one sister, Dawn Blakely (Damon) of Gore Springs; one brother, John Rounsaville (Laura) of Batesville; his mother-in-law, Nancy Patton of Bruce; his grandparents, Charles Everette Burns and Mary Ellen Burns of Big Creek; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Roy Patton, and his grandparents, Jones and Kathleen Rounsaville.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Patton, Jeff Patton, Pete Hubbard, Quinn Rounsaville, George Yeager and Harold Clark.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service today at the church.
Online condolences may be made at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.

Angela Tomaso
STARKVILLE – Angela Therese Ferm Tomaso, 78, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville. She was a homemaker and member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Starkville.
Funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Starkville. Father John Bohn will officiate. Burial will be in Oddfellows Cemetery. Welch Funeral Home of Starkville is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Salvatore “Bud” Tomaso of Starkville; daughters, Dr. Maria Tomaso-Peterson (Pete) of Starkville, Celeste Tomaso-Smith (Robert) of Starkville, Therese Longacre (Herb) of Tupelo and Monica T. Short (David) of Madison; sister, Connie Caccamo (Ron) of Huntley, Ill.; brother, David Ferm (Molly) of Jupiter, Fla.; sister-in-law, Kathie Flosi of Mundelein, Ill.; 11 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren; and host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Student Association.
To sign the guest register, visit www.welchfuneralhomes.com.

Frank Maysak
FULTON – Frank Maysak, 98, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, in Fulton. He was born May 19, 1913, in Itawamba County to Georgr and Kate Kuzrja Majchrzak. He was an inspector for Fanstell Industry Metal. He enjoyed spending time with his family.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity Baptist Church with Bro. Don Baggett officiating. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Diane Moore (Donald) of Rockwell, Texas, and Joanne Covington of Sulpher Spings, Texas; two sons, Frank Maysak Jr. (Joan) of Fulton and Tim Maysak (Annette) of Fulton; eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ida Maysak; his parents; one great-grandchild; one son-in-law, Monty Covington.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Karson Bingham
CALHOUN CITY – Karson David Bingham, infant son of Jacob and Kayla Borden Bingham of Calhoun City, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital in Tupelo.
Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Bradford Chapel Cemetery at Gore Springs with the Rev. John Haimes officiating. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents; his grandparents, George and Julia Bingham, and Ralph and Deborah Borden; and aunts and uncles, Angelo and Carrie Jones, and John Bingham.
Memorials may be made to the Bradford Chapel Cemetery Fund.

Gola Earnest
TUPELO – Gola Wayne Earnest, 74, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, in Tupelo. She was born July 15, 1937, to Floyd and Tula Adams Lewis in Fulton. She was a member of the East Heights Baptist Church in Tupelo. She enjoyed being involved with her church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden.
Survivors include two daughters, Vickie Dees (Thomas) of Fairview and Tula McAnally (Vic) of Tupelo; one son, Stephen Earnest (Stacey) of Atlanta, Ga.; seven grandchildren, Michelle Cole (Carson), Jennifer Hayes (Marty), Jackie Moore (Matt), Mark Young (Kristen), Lee Earnest, Cole Earnest and Houston Earnest; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Earnest; her parents; one sister, Nellie Lewis; one brother, James Lewis; and one grandson, Michael Dees.
Her grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Friday.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38803.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Milton Wall
CALHOUN CITY – Milton Leroy Wall, 84, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home. He was born Sept. 14, 1927, in Stonewall, Okla. He was a retired employee of Kellwood and a member of the Macedonia Water Association. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with the Rev. Jimmy Vance officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery in Calhoun City.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Helen Wall of Calhoun City; one sister, Joyce Nix of Pittsboro; one brother, David Wall of Big Creek; his stepson, Jerry Howell Stroup of Batesville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alf Wall and Margaret “Maggie” Shepherd Wall; two sisters, Jewell Denley and Abbie Wright; and three brothers, Buddy Wall, Alfred Wall and Howard Wall.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Baker, Earnest Goodson, Chester Ray Dye, John Harrison, Joe Wall, Bubba Wall, John Clements and Tracy Clements.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.

Buddy Morrow
CORINTH – Willie “Buddy” Morrow died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center from injuries he received in an auto accident. He was born May 18, 1935, in Alcorn County to Willie A. and Opal Morrow. He was retired from the auto parts business and insurance sales and most recently he has been in the used car business. He was a member of Wheeler Grove Baptist Church. He enjoyed NASCAR racing and his pet cat, Sunny.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Wheeler Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Kara Blackard and Bro. Joe Loncar officiating. Burial will follow in the Wheeler Grove Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Joyce Morrow of Corinth; his sons, Carroll (Pam) Morrow of Hernando, Steve (Kim) Morrow of Corinth, Todd (Mary Ann) Morrow of Hernando; a sister, Mollie Nunley of Corinth; his grandchildren, Kimberly (Don) Wiltshire, Kristen (Richard) Edmiston, Ben Morrow, Michelle Morrow, Brendan Morrow, Sarah Morrow and Luke Armstrong; his great-grandchildren, Whitney and Waverly Wiltshire, Levi, Lexi and Logan Edmiston, and Tyler Armstrong; a nephew, David (Derinda) Nunley.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Joey Devers, Ben Morrow, Brendan Morrow, David Nunley, James Devers, Dustin Devers, Richard Edmiston and Don Wiltshire.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday in the church stateroom.

Milton Nabers
MANTACHIE – Arthur Milton Nabers, 97, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. He was born on March 12, 1914, to Howard and Forrest Steed Nabers in Mississippi. He was a member of the Mantachie United Methodist Church.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Carolyn Simpson (Henry) of Virginia; two granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lola Vell Nabers; his parents; and two brothers, Raymond and Julious Nabers
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
Billy Funderburk
FULTON – Billy Funderburk, 76, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, in Tupelo. He was born on April 10, 1935, to Arlinder and Rosa Hannon Funderburk in Smithville. He was an attorney and a member of the Lions Club. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and watching football.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Tim Winters, Bro. Dudley Nash and Bro. Terry Garrison officiating. Burial will be in Smithville Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Annette Funderburk of Fulton; one daughter, Lisa Funderburk of Fulton; two sons, Billy J. Funderburk Jr. (Leslie) of Denver, Colo., and William Keith Funderburk of Starkville; and his granddaughter, Destin McMurry.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Evelyn Collum and Nadine Reeves; and one brother, Jack Funderburk.
Pallbearers will be Paul Reeves, Brian Reeves, Stevie Jack Funderburk, Marty Funderburk and Ricky Funderburk.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Friday.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Paul Stamper
RED BAY, Ala. – Paul Edward Stamper, 68, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at his residence. He was general foreman at Mueller Brass for 45 years. He was a member and elder of Cornerstone Church of God and a Gideon. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Cornerstone Church of God in Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. Benjamin Young and Bro. J.E. Jackson officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery at Golden, Ms. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife, Patricia Stamper of Red Bay; five children, Paula Luke (Tony) of Preston, David Stamper (Lana) of Natchez, Leah Brown (Sammy) of Red Bay, Hope Spencer (Allen) of Fulton and Michael Stamper (Sabrina) of Belmont; and eight grandchildren, Hannah Hardy, Jake Luke, Brody Channell, Jack Spencer, Eve Stamper, Maya Spencer, Titus Stamper and Nathan Brown.
He was preceded in death by his parents, E.K. Stamper and Nannie Stamper.
Pallbearers will be elders of Cornerstone Church of God, Don Roberts, William Rackard, David Humphries, Doug Ray, Terry Parsons, Patrick Brooks, Dale Robbins and Jerald Gillentine.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay. The body will lie in state from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.

Leo Smith
HOUSTON – Leo Smith, 77, died Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Montgomery Mortuary Service in Houston.

James Lindsey
HAMILTON – James O. Lindsey, 69, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

Bobby Gray
BALDWYN – Bobby Gene Gray, 56, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Bonnie Watson
VINA, Ala. – Vearna Lee “Bonnie” Watson, 55, died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at her residence.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Vina First Baptist Church in Vina, Ala. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery in Vina. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the church.

Wayne Inmon
TROY – Leonard Wayne Inmon, 76, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, at his home after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors.